Keystone XL… No Way, José!
Ideological fanaticism is when activists blindly pursue an irrational goal in direct contradiction to their intended purpose.
A line has been drawn in the sand. Global warming fanatics think Keystone XL must be stopped at any price.
The cataclysmic cost was deadly demonstrated last week in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada.
Activist’s noble cause is to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions. CO2 is a known greenhouse gas.
However, if successful with Keystone XL, the tragic outcome of blind fanaticism will be to:
- Increase, not decrease CO2 emissions
- Create a greater environmental hazard
- Further jeopardize human life
White House reaction to the Lac-Megantic train wreck is further proof that Keystone XL will never be approved under President Obama.
The Consequence of Keystone XL Inaction
Unreported in media stories is that, if built, Keystone XL will carry North Dakota Bakken oil to American refineries on the gulf coast, to. The proposed pipeline goes through Williston, North Dakota.
The news only reports that tar sand oil from Alberta would be transported by Keystone XL.
On July 8, 2013 a train hauling 72 tanker cars filled with North Dakota Bakken oil parked for the night 7 miles from Lac-Megantic. It was on its way to a New Brunswick refinery.
If Keystone XL had been approved and built in a reasonble time-frame like other pipelines, then that train would not have went through Lac-Megantic that tragic Saturday night.
The train’s brakes were improperly set and left unattended. Cars detached and rolled backward down the 7% grade toward town. The runaway cars picked up speed until they derailed and exploded.
It is believed that 30 people got vaporized instantly in the initial explosion and fire. Another 20 bodies have been recovered. The fire burned out of control for 36 hours and 30 buildings in the heart of Lac-Megantic’s picturesque downtown business district were destroyed.
It is Canada’s most deadly train wreck in nearly 150 years, after 99 perished back in 1864.
Keystone XL and CO2
Perhaps the smartest and most informative 4 minutes of news commentary in the United States each week is “Fareed’s Take“. It is how CNN news analyst, Fareed Zakaria, opens his Sunday morning news talk show titled GPS: The Global Pubic Square.
In March, Zakaria devoted most of one Sunday morning show on why President Obama should approve Keystone XL.
From State Department sources Zakaria points out these reasons:
- The oil will be developed whether or not Keystone XL is built
- Preventing Keystone XL will not help with climate change
- If not by Keystone XL, then oil will likely be delivered to market more dangerously by train
(15 trains/day of 100 cars each)
- Moving oil by train produces much higher CO2 emissions than pipelines
What fanatics can’t seem to grasp is that it will take much more than renewable energy and conservation to reduce fossil fuel dependence any time soon.
The EIA predicts that nearly 80% of energy produced in the United States will still come from fossil fuels in 2040.
That is why Canadian tar sand oil can and will be developed, even if development is blocked in the United States. If not here, it’ll be done in China, Russia or other places where environmental standards are relaxed.
President Obama has been quiet as a church mouse about the Lac-Megantic tragedy. White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the administration was closely monitoring the aftermath of the accident, and offered assistance to Canadian officials. That’s it.
If Obama was going to approve Keystone XL, then he is letting a golden opportunity to do so slip by. What stronger argument can there be than that 50 lives could have been spared in Canada if Bakken oil was in Keystone XL instead of on that train? None.
Obama proclaimed that climate change is the “global threat of our time” in a speech in Berlin on June 19th. Then, on June 25th, in a Georgetown speech he totally redefined national energy policy into a national policy to fight global warming.
President Obama has become radicalized. That is why he will never approve Keystone XL.